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NIN-SIM linkage deadline is April 6, numbers rise to 56.18m

NIN-SIM linkage deadline is April 6, numbers rise to 56.18m
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The NIN-SIM linkage deadline for telecoms users is now April 6 just as the collected numbers have climbed to 56.18 million, the government says.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, who disclosed this says the extension will allow “Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM.”

The eight-week extension conveyed at a meeting held yesterday with the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration, now offers more time for Nigeria’s telecoms users to comply with the mandatory identification programme, according to a joint statement made available to Technology Times by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde​,​​ Director, Public Affairs​​​ of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Mr. Kayode Adegoke​​, Head, Corporate Communications of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

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Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy says the extension of NIN-SIM linkage will make more telecoms users comply with the identification programme.

Progress Report on NIN-SIM Linkage

“It was reported that a total of 56.18 million NINs have been collected by the mobile network operators. Each NIN is usually tied to an average of 3 to 4 SIMs and this infers that the current figure accounts for a significant portion of the existing SIMs. This number of NINs collected represents a significant increase when compared with the 47.8 million reported by the Technical Committee on January 18, 2021”, according to the statement.

“It was reported that a total of 56.18 million NINs have been collected by the mobile network operators. Each NIN is usually tied to an average of 3 to 4 SIMs and this infers that the current figure accounts for a significant portion of the existing SIMs.” 

“Furthermore, over 1,060 registration centres for NIN have been activated and made operational by NIMC across the country, while Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have opened hundreds of centres and are rapidly deploying resources to open thousands of other NIN enrolment centres across states of the country. This is in line with the policy of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance security and make the process of obtaining NINs easier for Nigerians,” the telecoms regulator and ID agencies say. 

The statement says President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied “with the progress made regarding the NIN-SIM linkage and commended the Honourable Minister and all stakeholders for their roles. He encouraged citizens to take advantage of the extension to fully participate in the process.”

Pantami appealed to applicants to follow the safety guidelines at all the NIN enrolment centers and ensure compliance with the booking system in place.  

“This protocol is in line with the Executive Order on COVID-19 2020 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 27th of January 2021, in keeping with the provisions of the Quarantine Act 2004.

It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the NIMC Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of NIN for transactions, including application and issuance of a passport, opening of personal bank accounts, purchase of insurance policies, voter registration, obtaining credit, among others.”

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